IAA: What is your background in music?
CHAMP ELDER: I began rapping at the age of 17 and received my first independent record deal by the age of 19. I released two mixtapes under that label, but I honestly feel they were not my best. Still, during that time I was given the opportunity to travel and meet different people throughout the industry. These people inspired me to be as independent as possible while understanding the blessing of a helping hand.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?*
CHAMP ELDER: The world deserves more artists in Hip Hop who they can relate to on all levels. The message in music today can seem very corrupt, if not completely misunderstood. That’s where I come in. My music is a lesson to any adolescent as well as a letter of concern to any adult. I hope to create an environment of patience, love, and peace amongst people. While as the same time, proving the importance of taking a stand.
IAA: What are your songs about?
CHAMP ELDER: My songs are about guys who wear tuxedos and carry briefcases lol. No, I’m just kidding. My music is based on emotion. It’s about the feelings that we encounter on a daily basis. It’s not so much about where you’re from, it’s more about where you’re going. I call it “soul rap.”
IAA: Who are your music influences?
CHAMP ELDER: Different artists inspire me in different ways. So if you were to create me as a cocktail, you must have DNA from artists such as, Nelly, Usher, Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye, Lil Wayne, UGK, Eminem, Tupac, Biggie, Dr Dre, Andre 3000, Gerald Levert, Z-Ro, BB King, Johnny Taylor and Michael Jackson and plenty more. As you can see, the list goes on.
IAA: How do you describe your music to people?
CHAMP ELDER: My music symbolizes victory from any situation that occurs in life. It’s also a positive journey as well as a community being built amongst people who believe impossible is nothing when there’s possibility.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?
CHAMP ELDER: First off, I don’t say sh*t in my raps that I wouldn’t say in front of my mother (laughs). Seriously, I rap with respect. I appreciate the honor while understanding the responsibility of my words. My goal is to create an open line of communication between people worldwide. Not to mention, I do my own production as well as make my own beats. I also appreciate the efforts of other artists probably more than what’s normally required. I’m one of hip hop’s biggest fan.
IAA: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
CHAMP ELDER: I was unhappy with my label situation before the contract was up. It was nothing personal, we just had different opinions on what my brand should stand for and how my music should be presented. That’s when I began to live and learn. I soon found out because I was contracted to that company that my music belonged to them as well as anything that I would record within the year that was left on my contract. So, being the stubborn guy that I am when it comes to my music, I took a complete year away from recording. I waited until I knew I would own my music.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
CHAMP ELDER: I am getting ready to put out my first album ever titled “Live And Learn.” It’s about as important as the marriage of Will and Kate, but not quite the birth of Baby Jesus (laughs). It’s my greatest creation to date. So all energy is focused on letting the people know that a voice, strength, courage and wisdom has arrived once again! Meanwhile, I’m just planning on shooting videos, traveling, performing and meeting those who consider me fam because I jam.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
CHAMP ELDER: My career goals consists of winning at least one Grammy in my lifetime and doing hip hop production for its best artists. I want to commonly be included on movie soundtracks. I also want to be a public figure with power to empower the powerless. Maybe in the next ten years, I’ll be enjoying my family and giving the game what it gave me, Everything!
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
CHAMP ELDER: My fans can access my music on Reverbnation, Soundcloud, and Youtube. You can contact me on twitter or instagram @champeldermusic like my music page on Facebook (Champ Elder). Meanwhile join my fan club at